Roots of American Democracy

  • Jan 26, 1215

    Magna Cata

    Magna Cata
    the charter of English liberties granted by king john under the threat of civil war.
  • Jamestown Colony

    Jamestown Colony
    was the capital of Virginia and remained so until 1698.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The first representative goverment in North America.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    established orimarily for religious freedom and secondarily for financial profit.
  • Mayflower Compact

    a written agreement composed by a consensus of the new settlers arriving at New Plymouth.
  • Fundamental Orders

    Fundamental Orders
    the basic law of the Conneticut colony.
  • Culpepers Rebellion

    Culpepers Rebellion
    popular uprising in the Albemarle section of Carolina to protest the British Navigational Acts.
  • Glorious Revolution

    Glorious Revolution
    also called the bloodless Revolution.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It stated that certain acts of James II were illegal and henceforth prohibited.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    19 men and women were convicted of witchcraft and was carted to Gallows Hill for hanging.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    aimed at a formation of a strong union of the colonies under one single goverment and directions.
  • French & Indian War

    French & Indian War
    a series of wars between the British and French.
  • Proclamation Line

    Proclamation Line
    closed lands north and west of the Appalachian mountains to settlement.
  • Sugar/Revenue Act

    Sugar/Revenue Act
    enforced the collection of taxes on various goods including sugar to help raise revenue to pay off the British national debt which grew.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    requiered american colonist to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used.
  • Townsend Act

    Townsend Act
    an act for granting certain duties in the british colonies and plantations in america.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    a street fight between a "patriot" mob,throwing snowballs,stones,and sticks at a squad of British soilders.
  • Committees of Correspondence

    formed throughout the colonies as a means of coordinating action against Great Britian.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    launched the final spark to the revolutionary movement in Boston.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Sons of Liberty boarded three British ships and dumped 45 tons of tea in the Boston Harbor.
  • Edenton Tea Party

    Edenton Tea Party
    political protest in response to the Tea Act.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    series of laws sponsered by British Prime Minister Lord North and enacted in 1774 in response to the Boston Tea Party.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    brought together representatives from each of the colonies except ga,to discuss their response to the British "Intolerable Act".
  • Mecklenburg Resolves

    Mecklenburg Resolves
    the first declaration of independence made in the thirteen colonies during the American Revolution.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    the delegates of the 13 colonies gathered in Philadelphia to discuss their next steps.
  • Halifax Resolves

    Halifax Resolves
    the first directions from an entire colony instructing its delegates to the continental congress to vote for independence from Great Britian
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    held to adress problems in governing the United States of America.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    announced that the thirtenn american colonies then at war with Great Britian regarded themselves as independent states and no longer a part of the British Empire.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    served as a bridge between the initial goverment by the Continental Congress of the Revolutionary period.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    treaty that officialy ended the Revolutionary war.
  • Land Ordinance

    Land Ordinance
    allowed for sales of land in the northwest territory and set up standards for land sale that became precedents.
  • Shays Rebellion

    Shays Rebellion
    was a armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts from 1786-1787.
  • Federalist Papers

    Federalist Papers
    85 essays outlining how this new goverment would operate and why this goverment was the best choice.
  • Land Ordinance

    Land Ordinance
    the western lands north of the OhioRiver, west of the Alleghenies and east of the Mississippi River who be settled and become states on a par with existing ones.